Facebook enables you to interact with all your friends and family, but you may not want any Joe Q. Public taking a peek at everything on your timeline. You can lock down your account so the general public cannot see it by changing a few privacy settings.
Log in to your Facebook account. Click the gear icon at the top right, select “Privacy Settings” and press the "Edit" buttons to change these options from Public to your preferred audience.
Select “Timeline and Tagging” from left sidebar. Again, use the "Edit" buttons to change the audience for these options.
Return to your Profile page and click the “Update Info” button in your cover photo. Check every section and edit the audience from “Public” to “Friends” or “Only Me.”
- Be careful with your posts on your Facebook profile. Email addresses, phone numbers and other personal information can be useful to hackers and others who may be up to no good. Post only what you are comfortable telling the public at large.
- Your profile picture, name and cover photo are all made public, and you cannot alter these privacy settings. Keep this in mind when updating your photos.
- Don't let these privacy settings fool you into a false sense of safety and security. If you have things set to “Friends” and someone on your friends list gets hacked, the hacker can still see all your personal information.